Art com­ing to­gether

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS -

THE artis­tic vi­sion of the new struc­ture at the De­fence Hous­ing Aus­tralia’s Liv apart­ments in Fre­man­tle is be­com­ing a re­al­ity for artist Rick Ver­mey.

Ver­mey said he be­gan the con­cept de­sign in 2017 us­ing the Fre­man­tle area as his in­spi­ra­tion.

“Fre­man­tle is fa­mous for its dis­tinc­tively colour­ful, vi­brant, gritty, slightly bo­hemian and artsy char­ac­ter,” he said.

“Fre­man­tle is known its in­ven­tive uses of un­usual spa­ces where unique sights, sounds, tastes and ex­pe­ri­ences can be found.

“We quickly found that the com­mon thread link­ing many en­dur­ing nar­ra­tives of Fre­man­tle’s his­tory, growth and sur­vival evolved around the port city’s close re­la­tion­ship with its im­me­di­ate mar­itime set­ting.”

Ver­mey, who had been build­ing the work in a ware­house in Malaga, said the main chal­lenges had been how to build and in­stall the work.

“This thing is an im­mensely com­plex ob­ject, cov­er­ing over 200 square me­tres in area, made up of thou­sands of in­di­vid­ual unique pieces and parts, all need­ing to join up at pre­cisely ac­cu­rate an­gles with vey small tol­er­ances for er­ror,” he said.

“By us­ing al­go­rith­mic dig­i­tal mod­el­ling tech­niques, cou­pled with a range of dig­i­tally in­te­grated fab­ri­ca­tion tech­niques and a team of very skilled trades­men, we have been able to man­age that com­plex­ity ef­fi­ciently.”

Ver­mey said he hoped the work would be en­joyed by any­one who vis­ited the space.

“I’m also re­ally happy to make a pub­lic art­work that can ac­tu­ally re­spond to the live weather conditions of its im­me­di­ate en­vi­ron­ment,” he said.

“Light Ap­pli­ca­tions team have worked with me to pro­gram a so­phis­ti­cated light­ing con­trol sys­tem that changes ac­cord­ing to the speed and di­rec­tion of the wind.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d483866

De­signer Daniel Gi­uf­fre and artist Rick Ver­mey.

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